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The Pirate -- It's a fun-filled and musical case of mistaken identity when lonely Judy Garland mistakes traveling clown Gene Kelly for a famed Caribbean pirate.

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Director:
Writers:
Albert Hackett (screenplay) and
Frances Goodrich (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
11 June 1948 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Treasure Chest Of Magic See more »
Plot:
A girl is engaged to the local richman, but meanwhile she has dreams about the legendary pirate Macoco... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A Calculated Risk from MGM and Vincente Minnelli... See more (51 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Judy Garland ... Manuela

Gene Kelly ... Serafin
Walter Slezak ... Don Pedro Vargas

Gladys Cooper ... Aunt Inez

Reginald Owen ... The Advocate
George Zucco ... The Viceroy
The Nicholas Brothers ... Specialty Dance
Lester Allen ... Uncle Capucho
Lola Deem ... Isabella

Ellen Ross ... Mercedes
Mary Jo Ellis ... Lizarda
Jean Dean ... Casilda
Marion Murray ... Eloise
Ben Lessy ... Gumbo
Jerry Bergen ... Bolo
Val Setz ... Juggler
The Gaudsmith Brothers ... Poodle Act (scenes deleted) (as Gaudsmith Brothers)
Cully Richards ... Trillo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lola Albright ... Manuela's Friend (uncredited)
Marie Allison ... 'Nina' Showgirl (uncredited)
Anne Beck ... 'Nina' Showgirl (uncredited)

Oliver Blake ... Baker (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ... Artist (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Carriage Driver (uncredited)
Bruce Cowling ... Guard (uncredited)
Willa Pearl Curtis ... Black Maid (uncredited)
Peter Cusanelli ... Jovial Civilian (uncredited)
William Edmunds ... Town Clerk (uncredited)
George Emerson ... Boatswain with Parrot (uncredited)
Fred Gilman ... Coachman (uncredited)
Suzette Harbin ... Black Maid (uncredited)
Jane Howard ... 'Nina' Showgirl (uncredited)
Paul Maxey ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Jill Meredith ... 'Nina' Showgirl (uncredited)
Aurora Navarro ... Duenna (uncredited)
Fayard Nicholas ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Harold Nicholas ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Jimmy Page ... Black Barber (uncredited)
Sharon Saunders ... 'Nina' Showgirl (uncredited)
Dick Simmons ... Captain (uncredited)
Dee Turnell ... Luisa (uncredited)
Irene Vernon ... 'Nina' Showgirl (uncredited)
O.Z. Whitehead ... Hurtada (uncredited)

Marie Windsor ... Madame Lucia (uncredited)

Directed by
Vincente Minnelli 
 
Writing credits
Albert Hackett (screenplay) and
Frances Goodrich (screenplay)

S.N. Behrman (play)

Joseph L. Mankiewicz  uncredited
Frances Marion  uncredited
Joseph Than  uncredited

Produced by
Arthur Freed .... producer
 
Original Music by
Lennie Hayton (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Sr.  (as Harry Stradling)
 
Film Editing by
Blanche Sewell 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Jack Martin Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Tom Keogh 
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup artist
Sydney Guilaroff .... hairstyle designer
 
Production Management
Al Shenberg .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Arthur Krams .... associate set decorator
Doris Lee .... paintings
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Norwood A. Fenton .... sound (uncredited)
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Russell Saunders .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Borland .... grip (uncredited)
Jerome Hester .... still photographer (uncredited)
Sam Leavitt .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irene .... costume supervisor
Barbara Karinska .... costume execution (as Karinska)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Lennie Hayton .... musical director
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator
Roger Edens .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Robert Alton .... dance director
Henri Jaffa .... associate technicolor color director
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Gene Kelly .... dance director
Conrad Salinger .... instrumental arrangements
Leslie H. Martinson .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
102 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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Trivia:
The 1948 film's musical production final sequence, "Be a Clown", composed by Cole Porter, featured the acrobatic and dancing talents of the Nicholas Brothers, Fayard and Harold, with Gene Kelly. Gene Kelly choreographed the dance number. Judy Garland (Manuela) joins Gene Kelley's (Serafin) act and the film ends with the two of them singing a reprise of "Be a Clown." The dance sequence was the first time The Nicholas Brothers had danced onscreen with a Caucasian, while it was Kelly's insistence that they perform with him. The Nicholas Brothers were the ones punished. When released to the feature movie theater circuit distribution, this Nicholas Brothers sequence was deleted by MGM when screened in the Southern States, such as Memphis, because it featured black performers, the result of racial bigotry in the South. Only in the Northern States' movie theaters, were audiences allowed to view the entire end production presentation. Essentially blackballed, Fayard and Harold moved to Europe and did not return until the mid-sixties making a comeback appearance on the ABC TV variety show "The Hollywood Palace" hosted by Roy Rogers and Trigger, (#2.22, air date 27 Feb 1965).See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The film is set in 1830. Manuela's trousseau is labeled "Maison Worth, Paris". The Maison Worth couturier house did not exist until circa 1860.See more »
Quotes:
Serafin:Boys, here is my last cigar. Divide it among you.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in That's Entertainment! III (1994)See more »
Soundtrack:
NinaSee more »

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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A Calculated Risk from MGM and Vincente Minnelli..., 1 December 2005
Author: Isaac5855 from United States

THE PIRATE was a definite departure from the typical fare MGM was churning out during the 40's and 50's and audiences let MGM know immediately that this was not the kind of thing they were accustomed to because, for the most part, audiences stayed away in droves, and sadly, missed one of the most colorful and imaginative offerings to come from the MGM stable. THE PIRATE was the second of three films that Judy Garland and Gene Kelly appeared in together. Judy delivers a smart comic performance as Manuela, a Spanish princess engaged to a rich and sleazy nobleman (Walter Slezak)though at night she dreams of being with an enigmatic pirate she has heard tales of called Macoco or Mack the Black. Manuela meets Serafin (Gene Kelly) an actor in a traveling troupe and mistakes him for Macoco and it is this bit of mistaken identity upon which the thin plot thread resolves. Vincente Minnelli once again shows his penchant and eye for color with some outstanding scenery and art direction, as well as some state of the art special effects for 1948. Despite looking frail, Garland delivers an on target comic performance as Manuela and her voice, in fine form as usual, resonates on the rousing "Mack the Black" and is equally compelling on the beautiful ballad "Love of My Life". Gene Kelly is at the peak of his on screen charm and physical and dancing prowess as the witty Serafin and makes the Pirate Ballet fantasy a must see for musical fans and it goes without saying that his duet with Garland, "Be a Clown" is a classic. Kelly also does an amazing dance number with the Nicholas Brothers. Vincente Minnelli's magical eye, the voice of Garland, the charisma of Kelly, and Cole Porter music...what else do you need?

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